Kickin' Back Session IPA!
May 30, 2018
We're kicking off the summer beer season with an updated look and recipe tweak for one of our most popular year-round brands!
The freshly named Kickin’ Back Session IPA reflects the increased dry hop additions in this updated recipe. Our Brewmaster Marvin Dyck explains, “we decided to increase the dry hop addition significantly and it felt right to start calling this a Session IPA. These late addition hops do not increase the bitterness of the beer but rather enhance the spicy citrus and earthy notes of these Ontario grown hops”.
We will continue to make Kickin’ Back Session IPA with 100% Ontario grown hops from Clear Valley Hops in Nottawa, Ontario.
In addition to these recipe changes we're featuring an all-new can design which builds on the illustration and typography originally developed by Guelph-based graphic novel artist Nick Craine.
Kickin’ Back Session IPA is available across Ontario at select LCBO and Beer Store locations with these new cans hitting the shelves in the weeks to come. As a special kick off promotion, we will be giving away one free can of Kickin’ Back with the purchase of any 6-pack (or purchase valued at $16 or more) from the brewery or our online store from Friday June 1st to Sunday June 3rd!
Must be 19+, free tall can is only available with purchase of $16 or more, one free tall can per customer per weekend.
Kickin’ Back with Wellington Brewmaster Marvin Dyck
Photo by: Christopher Tiessen
When you originally created the recipe for Kickin’ Back what was your goal?
We first brewed Kickin’ Back in 2015 as a small-batch Welly One-Off release and it quickly became a fan favourite, including going on to win a Bronze Medal at the Canadian Brewing Awards in the Session Ale category. The recipe uses 100% Ontario grown hops sourced from Clear Valley Hops in Nottawa, Ontario. The malt bill includes some coloured malt which helps enhance and carry the citrus and spice notes from the hop additions. These kind of lower alcohol, hop forward beers are meant to be the kind of beer you can enjoy anytime. And that’s really what we wanted to do with this beer, to create a refreshing hoppy beer that could deliver big hop flavours without the higher alcohol of a full IPA.
What has changed to make this a “Session IPA” rather than a “Dry-Hopped Session Ale”?
When we launched Kickin’ Back, we called it a Dry-Hopped Session Ale. Over time we’ve made some minor changes to the dry hop amounts in this beer in order to increase the aroma and hop flavour. Earlier this year we decided to increase the dry hop addition significantly and it felt right to start calling this a Session IPA. These late addition hops do not increase the bitterness of the beer but rather enhance the spicy citrus and earthy notes of these Ontario grown hops.
Why do you use Ontario hops?
It’s important for us to support local hop growers and working with Clear Valley Hops in Nottawa, Ontario has been an incredible experience for us. Laurie from Clear Valley is passionate about growing world class hops right here in Ontario and I think it shows in the aroma and taste. The terroir or growing region of hops will impact their flavour profile and I love the complex spice, citrus, and earth notes that these Ontario hop varieties produce.
What makes for a good Session IPA?
Session IPA’s are one of my all time favourite beer styles and I think Kickin’ Back is a great example of the style. It’s hop forward, refreshing, and it’s the kind of beer that you can enjoy a few of -- It’s no wonder that Session IPA’s have quickly become one of the most popular craft beer styles in North America. One of my favourite beers of all time is Founders All Day IPA and while there are some major differences between All Day IPA and Kickin’ Back, I think there is a similar approach to creating a balanced and approachable hop forward beer that is super sessionable.
If you had to pick one person and place to share a pint of Kickin’ Back with, who and where?
The best place has got to be on the beach, just with a good friend. Sand between your toes, I picture the sun setting and just sitting there and enjoying the sound of the waves coming in. The other place that really brings it home to me is somewhere in a pasture. I don’t know if it’s just the artwork on the can but I can picture myself leaning on a fence chatting with a farmer friend enjoying a pint on Kickin’ Back.